8 CalChamber Members Creating Jobs with Help from California Competes Tax Credit

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Eight California Chamber of Commerce member companies have been selected by the Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development (GO-Biz) as recipients for the California Competes Tax Credit.

The California Competes Tax Credit committee recently approved $43.7 million in tax credits for 89 companies expanding and creating jobs in California. Go-Biz projects that the awards will help these 89 companies create an estimated 7,164 jobs and generate more than $600 million in investments across California.

CalChamber members being awarded credits in this round include:

  1. Credit Karma, provider of online personal financial services.
  2. Orbital ATK, aerospace component manufacturer.
  3. DMF, Inc.,custom lighting fixtures manufacturer.
  4. Baltimore Aircoil Company, Inc., industrial cooling system manufacturer.
  5. Allied Propane Service, Inc., propane distributor.
  6. Valley Communications, Inc., provider of information technology services.
  7. Kenshoo, Inc., online marketing and advertising services.
  8. Pacific Steel Group, steel reinforcing contractors.

The complete list of approved companies and award amounts can be found here.

In 2014, GO-Biz awarded $223 million to 330 companies that was projected to create more than 42,000 jobs and $9.6 billion in investments.

About California Competes
The California Competes tax credit, focused on helping businesses grow and stay in California, is part of the Governor’s Economic Development Initiative, which Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. signed legislation to enact in 2013 (AB 93 and SB 90). GO-Biz evaluates the most competitive applications based on the factors required by statute, including total jobs created, total investment, average wage, economic impact, strategic importance and more. Companies are exempted from paying state income taxes in the amount awarded.

This fiscal year, GO-Biz is awarding $200 million in tax credits through three award rounds. Companies interested in applying for California Competes tax credits can apply during the next application round scheduled for January 2016. Applicants complete a free, user-friendly application available online at www.calcompetes.ca.gov.

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Anthony Samson has been the CalChamber policy advocate for environmental regulation, housing and land use issues since November 2013. He previously was an attorney at Harrison, Temblador, Hungerford, and Johnson LLP, a statewide law firm that specializes in mining, land use, and natural resources law. He earned a B.A. from the University of California at Santa Barbara, and a J.D. from Michigan State University College of Law, where he served as the articles editor of the Michigan State Law Review.